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  • Joe Biden Has Won the 2020 Presidential Election
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    After a period of uncertainty, the race has finally been called.

    BY CHLOE FOUSSIANES NOV 7, 2020

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    J oe Biden and Kamala Harris have been elected the next President and Vice President of the United States. Four days after Election Day, enough ballots have been counted in key swing states for news outlets to call the 2020 presidential election in the Democrats' favor. Harris will be the country's first woman Vice President, as well as the first Black or South Asian politician to hold the office.

    Throughout the days-long wait, Biden indicated that he believed he would ultimately prevail, but asked that Americans be patient while states counted every vote—a process that was predicted to take longer this year, given the increase in mail-in voting and other changes to the electoral process made amid the pandemic.

    “Democracy’s sometimes messy,” Biden said on Thursday. “It sometimes requires a little patience as well. But that patience has been rewarded now for more than 240 years with a system of governance that’s been the envy of the world.”

    Trump took a starkly different tone, repeatedly alleging foul play without evidence, and tweeting statements like "STOP THE FRAUD!" and "STOP THE COUNT!" (Twitter affixed a label to such tweets, declaring their content "disputed" and "misleading.") On Thursday night, he spoke to the public in a misinformation-filled White House address, baselessly claiming that the other side was "trying to steal an election."

    His campaign has also filed lawsuits and procedural challenges in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. Judges in Michigan and Georgia have already ruled against its legal challenges, but the campaign did get a small victory in Pennsylvania, when a judge allowed poll watchers to move closer to those counting. "It does seem like they're throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks, which I tell my law students is never a good strategy," Joshua Douglas, a University of Kentucky professor and election law expert, told NPR.

    Despite all of this, major news organizations including CNN, the New York Times, and the Associated Press feel it's now clear that Biden has won the electoral college, with Pennsylvania recently being called for the Democrats. The results come after contentious campaign and an election season like no other, with states rushing to make voting safe amid an unprecedented pandemic. In part thanks to the circumstances, which lead some states to open up access to mail-in ballots and early in-person voting, the electorate set a record for early turnout. By Monday, according to the U.S. Elections project, over 96.2 million votes had already been cast—a full two-thirds of the nearly 139 total ballots cast in 2016.

    The total turnout also set a record as the highest in modern history: on Wednesday, NBC News projected that at least 159.8 million Americans cast ballots in the election, which would mean that 66.8% of the eligible population voted—the highest percentage since 1908.

    CHLOE FOUSSIANES News Writer

    Chloe is a News Writer for

    Townandcountrymag.com , where she covers royal news, from the latest additions to Meghan Markle’s staff to

    Queen Elizabeth’s monochrome fashions; she also writes about culture, often dissecting TV shows like

    The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and Killing Eve .

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